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Old 07-24-18, 08:05 AM
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"Half-wheeling" can mean riding with your front wheel up the the rear axle of the next rider in a pace line or peloton, .... it is considered to be a poor-taste expression of impatience with the pace, and it is ridiculously dangerous, because the slightest waver by either rider causes the riders and most of the people behind them to hit the deck.

"Salmoning" is riding upstream----that is indeed the defining characteristic of salmon. (Well, that and breeding in the same place they were born .... not so much a cycling thing (that I have heard.)

"Wheel sucking" as I understand it, is getting on someone's wheel for a tow and staying there, never taking a pull. It is bad in a competition setting, and inexcusable on the road in a casual setting. In competition, it is a valid tactic, if one that doesn't make friends. On the road it is rude and stupid ... at least have the decency to talk to the person you plan to follow. I have the habit of standing up randomly, particularly if my heart or my lungs say "Rest Now! Right Now!" and anyone on my wheel is going to hit me. Which neither of us would appreciate, i am sure.
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Old 07-24-18, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I thought salmoning was riding against traffic, as in the way salmon swim upstream?

I've always heard it in reference to paths, and weaving implies jumping from lane to lane, so spending a lot of time going counter-traffic, but also riding too closely to the other "fish".

Like most slang, YMMV.
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Old 07-24-18, 08:51 AM
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Old 07-24-18, 09:41 AM
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Kissing Concrete = Face Plant on pavement
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Old 07-24-18, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Oh, god, I remember that guy. His username was CannondaleR600, or something like that. A real hoot.
His username was ryanf. Always fun to see his posts.
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Old 07-24-18, 10:20 AM
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subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread
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Old 07-24-18, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Cassave View Post
His username was ryanf. Always fun to see his posts.
I think there were a couple different posters responsible for some of those weird, misspelled phrases. r600DuraAce and ryanf. Gosh, that's been a long time -- my first spell on BF. (I had to make up a new profile when I got back on a while back, since I had forgotten my old one and no longer even had the same email address.)
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Old 07-24-18, 12:00 PM
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assplosion -- crabon fiber frame failure
From winter cycling: car snot/brown sugar = that nasty slushy brown stuff that piles up and nearly impossible to ride through.

Anything from the rules is always fair game.
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Old 07-24-18, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
Shut up legs!

-Jens Voigt

"Hit the wall" is also a favorite.


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The one I use the most.
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Old 07-24-18, 01:03 PM
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"Fred" is the best bike slang ever.
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Old 07-24-18, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
Bike Snob has a bunch of good ones:
"Crabon"
"Curate" used in creative ways
"Cat 6 racer"
He also uses "helment."
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Old 07-24-18, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
He also uses "helment."
I don't know why, but I often catch myself wanting to type "helment."
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Old 07-24-18, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I don't know why, but I often catch myself wanting to type "helment."
Closet bike snob?
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Old 07-24-18, 03:02 PM
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Old 07-25-18, 08:09 PM
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Merckxin' it....riding hard.
Dag Otto(Lauritzen) it....take a short steep hill in the big ring.

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Old 07-25-18, 10:34 PM
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Australian slang includes:

Pushie: a (push) bike
Treadly: bicycle
The Dog: the big ring
A stack: a crash (n) also "to stack" (v)
Stack hat: helmet
A bingle: a crash
Goo guts: nausea from lack of solid food and excess gel
Claret: blood
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Old 07-26-18, 01:59 AM
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"slammed stem" - I have no idea what that is!
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Old 07-26-18, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
"slammed stem" - I have no idea what that is!
It's a stem with negative rise, one that slopes downwardly rather than upwardly, for a hunched over aggressive racing position. You can flip a stem with rise so that it slopes down to achieve the effect.
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Old 07-26-18, 02:23 AM
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This took awhile to absorb form my employees at the shop -

Seat guts......... aka :saddle clamp.
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Old 07-26-18, 04:20 AM
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Shot Peened.

(not bicycle specific. but it's marketed with aluminum bike parts.)
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Old 07-26-18, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Maaku View Post
Shot Peened.

(not bicycle specific. but it's marketed with aluminum bike parts.)
That is not slang, though, it is a term of art describing a certain kind of finishing treatment applied to some metal parts to strengthen them , which gives them a particular appearance.
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Old 07-26-18, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
half-wheeling rider in front's back wheel is roughly parallel to rider in back's front wheel. Dangerous to the guy in back and rude if the guy in front is doing it on a recreational or club ride. Don't ever be a half-wheeler.
I just call that "overlapping wheels." Dangerous, yes. "Halfwheeling" to me is when riding alongside someone and you put your front axle even with the front of their front wheel. There's no draft benefit; all it does is encourages them to subconsciously speed up to get even with you. Someone doing that can screw up a whole group.
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Old 07-26-18, 06:49 AM
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Tire biting....Riding to close to the wheel in front of you and bumping it.
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Old 07-26-18, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by PDKL45 View Post
It's a stem with negative rise, one that slopes downwardly rather than upwardly, for a hunched over aggressive racing position. You can flip a stem with rise so that it slopes down to achieve the effect.
My understanding of "Slammed" is a stem installed with no spacers underneath regardless of rise.


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Old 07-26-18, 07:19 AM
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Crop dusting....letting loose in a large group of riders.
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